William Joseph Barker

William J. Barker Retired Seattle Policeman & Detective William Joseph Barker, 78, a native of Seattle, Washington died at his home at Yucca Valley, California on December 22, 2002. Bill was born to Charlie Barker and Florence Cole on May 23, 1924 at their home just a couple of blocks from the current Woodlawn Park. He retired from the Seattle Police Department after 21 years and was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks. He served eight years in the Army during W.W. II and ultimately retired in 1979 from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve with 23 years of service as a Master Chief Port Securityman. Earlier in his career, he was the Chief of Police for the fledgling town of Florence, Oregon. A Masonic Service was held for Bill on 12/27/02 at the Presbyterian church in Yucca Valley with Nobel Von Brown officiating. Bill Barker was an avid golfer who played a round with his visiting son in October this year. In September he won an annual tournament at the Blue Skies Country Club in Yucca Valley against the previous 12 months of winners, known as Aces of the Month. With this under his belt he achieved the coveted title of Ace of Aces, which he was thoroughly proud of. He is survived by his wife Mitzi C. Barker of Yucca Valley, son William Barker Jr. of Issaquah, Wa., daughter Cathy Shields of Grand Coulee, Wa. and five grandchildren, Robert, Kristen, Julie, Regina and Lisa all living in Washington State. The Seattle Police Honor Guard will conduct a ceremony in his honor at 11 a.m. on January 3rd, 2003 at the Hamilton/Mylan Funeral Home in Vancouver, Washington. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver.

Funeral Home

Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home, Inc. - Vancouver
302 W. 11th Street  Vancouver, WA 98660
360-694-2537

Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 31, 2002 to Jan. 2, 2003